Mistake number one:And I thought this was smart... I’d always used a local handyman for my rentals. We hit it off and I was sure he could manage the heavy lifting on the project. The handyman, while good at what he does, was also a little insecure about others taking “his” work. At first he worried that I’d use the contractor for all the handyman work going forward and forget about him. *THIS IS A HUGE TAKEAWAY* This led to work overlaps, omissions and the handyman feeling even more threatened by the contractor.